Buying novel sets- need opinions on titles

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  1. giraffe326

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    I am trying to cheaply buy sets of novels for my classroom. I am scouring the book orders and need opinions on some affordable novels I have not read. Are they good books? Are they good for a novel study (interesting, have an element to teach/focus on)? Age appropriate (5th grade)?

    This month, these are the ones I am thinking about:
    Lawn Boy- Gary Paulsen
    The Leanin' Dog- K.A. Nuzum
    Fever 1793- Laurie Halse Anderson
    The Boy Who Saved Baseball- John H. Ritter
    The Seer of Shadows- Avi

    These don't appear to be as promising, but I am reading a two sentece blurb:
    Among the Hidden- Margaret Peterson Haddix
    The Wednesday Wars- Gary Schmidt


    Thanks if you can help!!
     
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    Oh- The Boy Who Saved Baseball, Fever 1793, The Seer of Shadows and The Wednesday Wars are pricier. I would only consider them if they are a must-read!

    Lawn Boy, The Leanin' Dog and Among the Hidden are considerably cheaper.
     
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    Among the Hidden is fabulous and is the first of a series--great hook to get kids to read more. I read it with grade 7 and 8 boys with LDs and they loved it; my daughter also read most of the series when she was in grade 6 or 7 and she does not enjoy reading as a rule. I have The Boy Who Saved Baseball on my shelf, but haven't read it.
     
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    Thanks Mrs. C. It is only a dollar this month in Scholastic's Arrow book order.
    Sounds like that would be worth it!
     
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    Love the Wednesday Wars, but it is a bit difficult. A great read aloud. Kids love the Haddix books, and Lawn Boy is a good choice too.
     
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    I just ordered a class set of Among the Hidden. I love that book and the series! I'm planning on using it with my highest reading group. I can't wait to get them hooked on it.
     
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    Of the books on your list, Among the Hidden is the only one I have heard great things about.
     
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    I LOVE the whole Among The.... series. The kids will love the books. It might be a little complex for 5th grade, especially if they are reading independently. However, it would make an amazing read-aloud!
     
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    among the hidden is fantastic. a MUST for 5th grade. I gave it as my summer reading assignment
     
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    I love Avi in general, although I haven't read that title.

    Take a look at these sets, too. They are running about $2 a book, and there are 40 different titles.
     
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